I have a friend who lamented to me about his loss of relationship with the CEO of his organization. They used to be close friends (when the organization was small), but they lost contact and became distant as the organization grew. Nothing happened to hurt their friendship…but the margin in life just disappeared.
He told me that the sense of loss became so great that he spoke to another entrepreneur / business owner for a better perspective. Here is what he learned:
Your friend (the CEO) used to have margin in his life. When you were friends, he was constantly under pressure with one or two major initiatives that he knew had to succeed. But, he could juggle and create room for friendships like yours.
But now, there are a dozen major issues that he faces, and any single one of them could bring an end to the organization…which means the loss of your job and those of everyone else. He is consumed by the requirement that he protect the business from these dangers. There is no room to breath, much less maintain friendships.
I understand. I hate it for him…but I understand…
Thanks for listening.